May 18, 2007 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Last year's tan had long faded away, and the waves were brisk with a pre-season chill. But finally, after the cool intervening months since last summer, the Pier Shops at Caesars is heating up. On its third-floor restaurant concourse, you can sit back in a wooden chaise-longue, grab a cocktail, and actually put your toes in the sand of the faux-beach that lines the windowed hall. Watching the waves crack below the Pier onto the beach from the comfort of this seaside mall was about the closest I've gotten to imagining a year-round summer.
April 10, 2012 |
With Philadelphia still facing an unacceptably high unemployment rate and continuing to search for revenue to fund core services, we should be welcoming new, revenue-generating employers to the city. Yet the recent revocation of Foxwoods' license to operate a casino here had some cheering the loss of a business that would be sure to create jobs and boost the economy. Recently released data show that a second Philadelphia casino would indeed be a boon to the economy. According to the state House Gaming Oversight Committee, another casino would add $144 million to $177 million in economic activity.
November 13, 2013 |
Las Vegas casino magnate Steve Wynn abruptly dropped his bid Monday to win Philadelphia's second casino license. Wynn Resorts Ltd. said it withdrew its application in Philadelphia - touted recently as part of an effort to bring grand urban hotels back to life - to pursue business opportunities elsewhere. "The board took a host of factors into consideration, including the Philadelphia market performance over the past year and the competition which will result from the recent approval of gaming" in New York last week, the company said in a statement.
March 22, 1990 |
One big event in Atlantic City this spring has everyone nervous. The Taj Mahal, Donald Trump's $1.1 billion casino-hotel, opens its doors April 2, and celebrates a grand opening May 18 and 19 with Elton John. Everyone is nervous because the Taj Mahal will become Atlantic City's largest casino-hotel - the casino floor alone measures three acres - at a time when the number of gamblers coming to the city has leveled off. To break even, the Taj has to make gamblers lose more than $1 million each day. That means a variety of attractions designed to grab new gamblers - as well as taking them away from existing casinos.
May 15, 1987 |
What's in a name? Lawsuits and threatened lawsuits, if you're an Atlantic City casino. Consider: Bally Manufacturing, which owns Bally's Park Place in Atlantic City, yesterday held a big 1950s style pep rally for 3,000 employees of its newly purchased Golden Nugget casino to announce its new name for the property: Bally's Nugget. Bruce Levin, Golden Nugget general counsel, responded fast, telling the Atlantic City Press that the name is improper. He said Bally's purchase agreement specifies that it can't use the name Bally's Golden Nugget or anything similar on the casino it bought for $440 million.
July 31, 2013 |
PHL LOCAL GAMING wants you to know something: They're local. One of six bidders hoping to build Philly's second house of cards, the group has proposed Casino Revolution at Front Street and Packer Avenue, where 84-year-old Philly boy and "Tomato King" Joseph Procacci runs his national produce company. Procacci would be majority owner of the casino-hotel. Another local business giant, Walter Lomax Jr., would be part-owner. Procacci said at a news event yesterday that he wants to "transform" the desolate industrial corner of the city "from a warehouse district, and change it to an entertainment district" on a 25-acre plot.
December 14, 1989 |
Look for some interesting newcomers and an ingenious casting coup in Atlantic City this winter. Comedian Nipsey Russell, who is doing his stand-up comedy act in Harrah's Bay Cabaret through Jan. 8, will play Pseudolus, the slave, in Harrah's production of the musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, running from Jan. 12 to April Fools' Day. In the role created by Zero Mostel, the producers are hoping, Russell will follow the...
August 6, 1987 |
The three young children scampered into the youth care center at the new Showboat Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center and, within minutes, found something fun to do. One joined up with "Candyland," a board game being played by two school- age boys and a staff member. Another found building blocks. The third, a4- year-old girl, discovered the cozy house corner, stocked with baby dolls, a pretend refrigerator and a stove. As the parent turned toward the door, one of the children wondered aloud, "Well, Mommy, what are you going to do?"
February 22, 2008 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Jeffrey Barton moved to the Shore from Redondo Beach, Calif., a year ago to cash in on an unprecedented building boom here. "I'm here for one thing," said Barton, 44, who makes $31.97 an hour as a tile finisher. "The work. " There are plans over the next four years for $20 billion worth of casino, hotel, restaurant and retail construction and renovation projects, many of which began in 2003. And in a slowing national economy, all that development is attracting construction workers from around the country.
April 27, 2012
MAYS LANDING, N.J. - A jury convicted an Atlantic City man Thursday of murder and other charges in the fatal carjacking of a customer from a casino parking garage in 2010. Craig Arno was found guilty of murdering Martin Caballero, 47, of North Bergen, N.J., after he and his ex-girlfriend Jessica Kisby cornered the victim in the parking garage of the Trump Taj Mahal in May 2010. He was cleared of one attempted-murder charge. Kisby pleaded guilty in February to murder and agreed to testify against Arno in return for becoming eligible for parole in 30 years.